Thirsting Lake Kayak Expedition

Come join us as we explore the farthest reaches of the Matlacha Pass Aquatic Preserve in search of Thirsting Lake! We will explore the back country's winding and primitive trails where our final destination will lead us to a serene & crystal clear lake covered in an abundance of pristine emerald sea-grass beds! Our experienced and knowledgeable Guides are ACA Certified Kayak & SUP Instructors & Certified Florida Naturalists well versed on Florida's ecology and natural history & skilled at spotting local wildlife!

Skill Level: Novices are welcome but please note this is an extended kayak trip, & you should be comfortable paddling on the water :)

Novices: New to kayaking? We recommend you arrive 30 min prior to start of event to participate in a "mini on-shore kayak lesson" where we will go over basic kayak strokes which will ensure you get the most out of your paddling experience! What to bring: Water shoes, long breathable clothing, bug spray, water and/or choice of beverage & snack to share :) **Headlamp or light for your kayak is important so you are visible on the water**

Launch Time: Everyone is expected to fill out a waiver & participate in a quick on shore safety briefing at which time we will help you get your kayak on the water and launch promptly at 3:30pm. 

Duration: This is approximately a 3hr paddle but will incorporate some breaks in between. We will arrive back to our beach launch around 6:30pm to light refreshments and some cool tunes! Feel free to bring your choice of beverage & snack to share :)

Cost: Normally $65, but for our Meetupers, we are offering it for $35 per person which includes a single kayak complete with seatback, life vest and paddle.

***Free for those who bring their own kayak but donations are welcome :)***

Reservations Required: Yes! RSVP through Meetup :) If you are bringing guests please add them to your RSVP or have then join our Meetup Group and register for the event! Please let me know if you need a kayak or will be bringing your own :) We accept same day reservations (if spots are available). Contact us at[masked] if you have any questions!

Payment: We will collect payment on the day of the event. Cash is King!!!


Inclement Weather Policy: We go rain or shine but If there is threat of thunderstorms, lightning, high winds or other severe weather, we will contact you ONE HOUR prior to our scheduled departure time and reschedule our tour.

Since 1992 Gulf Coast Kayak has been considered the local favorite kayaking outfitter! We look forward to meeting you!!

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  • Chris H.

    fantastic trip. Thanks Jim and Diana

    June 16, 2014

  • LUANN

    Pictures are terrific..thanks again for such a good time!!!

    June 16, 2014

  • Diana

    Wow, great pics! Thanks again Jim! Glad everyone had a great time!

    June 15, 2014

  • Jim N.

    Cool time with great people! Enjoy the photos.

    1 · June 15, 2014

  • Bill P

    Great time. Jim was a super guide.

    1 · June 15, 2014

  • Barb S.

    Thanks Jim and Diane for great group and snack coordination, mangrove maze navigation and beautiful weather arranging. I had a great time. Matlacha is awesome!

    1 · June 15, 2014

  • Nelson P.

    Great event with nice folks. Maybe time frame was a tad long!

    1 · June 15, 2014

  • Gina L.

    Disappointed I wasn't able to make it. Glad to hear it ended up being a good day for everyone.

    June 14, 2014

  • LUANN

    Fabulous day out on the water! Thanks Diana, Jim and my new buddy Pat for another successful paddle! Looking forward to more :)

    1 · June 14, 2014

  • Jennifer y.

    Great, meet up! bummer my keys got soaked but happy to have met such great new friends... Look forward to the next meet up!

    1 · June 14, 2014

  • Christine

    Had an awesome time with you guys!
    Christine

    1 · June 14, 2014

  • Christine P.

    Great day, great guide, looking forward to next adventure!

    1 · June 14, 2014

  • Dan

    Great relaxing time in the mangroves and with people who love to kayak!

    1 · June 14, 2014

  • Yvonne

    sorry, looks like I dont have enough time to get there in time

    June 14, 2014

    • Diana

      We'll see you at the next one Yvonne!

      June 14, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    So still on?

    June 14, 2014

    • Jim N.

      Yes, the extent of the forecast rain has diminished some since earlier this morning.

      2 · June 14, 2014

  • LUANN

    Good morning diana...looking forward to today. I have 2 friends coming from naples...so if u think todsy is not gonna work for some reason ....please give me a shout early so i can tell my friends before they start to head south!! T.y.

    June 14, 2014

    • Diana

      We're checking the weather, as of now I think we'll be fine!

      June 14, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry, have to cancel for todau

    June 14, 2014

    • Diana

      No worries angel! Hopefully we'll see you at the next one!

      June 14, 2014

  • Diana

    Hi everyone! Any chance that anyone coming from or near San Carlos Park can give Leonardo a ride up here? He is willing to help with gas, doesn't need transport for kayak, he'll be renting one of ours ;)

    June 14, 2014

  • Bill P

    Diana. In reply to your request, I will be bringing my own Kayak. See you Sat.

    June 12, 2014

    • Diana

      Thanks Bill! See you tomorrow!

      June 13, 2014

  • Nelson P.

    Hey Diana,

    I'll bring my own kayak but my guest will require a rental.

    June 13, 2014

    • Diana

      Sounds good, we'll have one available for your guest
      ;)

      June 13, 2014

  • Jim N.

    Looking forward to seeing everyone tomorrow. Current forecast calls for light winds from the west and a 40% chance of precipitation. We will continue to monitor during the day and evaluate prelaunch. For those new to kayaking, be sure to arrive at 2:30 PM for the on-shore lesson. Thirsting Lake is a 5 mile round trip from Gulf Coast Kayak. KNOW YOUR LIMITS…there will be a base camp/rest option at the lake trailhead to accommodate anyone who decides to paddle a shorter distance.

    June 13, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Darn. I'm wanting to do this meetup but I have not yet had the right time and day free. Hopefully soon!!

    1 · June 13, 2014

  • Diana

    Looking forward to seeing everyone on Sat! If you haven't already done so, please let me know if you will need to rent a kayak or you're bringing your own! Thanks!

    June 12, 2014

    • Gina L.

      I will be bringing my own kayak and so will my friend.

      June 12, 2014

    • Clare

      I will bring my own kayak.

      June 13, 2014

  • Chris H.

    Hi Diana, I'm going to try this again. I'll bring my wife and a double Kayak and a bottle of wine, If you are catering I'll make a donation. Thanks, Chris
    ps looks like a large Party.
    pps I'll check email before I leave.

    June 11, 2014

    • Diana

      Sounds goo! See you sat Chris!

      June 12, 2014

  • Joann H.

    I have my own kayak. Hope the weather holds this time.

    1 · June 11, 2014

    • Diana

      Me too, see sat Joann!

      June 12, 2014

  • LUANN

    Hey diana...do u hav a single kayak available for my friend ppplllleease!!!??? Happy day

    June 12, 2014

    • Diana

      Absolutely! We'll reserve two for you, no problem!

      June 12, 2014

  • Marie

    I really enjoyed myself last time we went so i would do it again, but i'm supposed to be out of town. It is a really nice experience. I definitely recommend it to everyone!
    fyi. keep an eye out for the sea turtle (pretty cool)...

    2 · June 1, 2014

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